So it was an ordinary Thursday and I was on my way to the gym when I stopped to check email. Waiting there was an email from a producer for the NPR show Talk of the Nation asking if I'd like to come on the show and talk about my book Practical Classics (coming out next month) and rereading books from high school as an adult.
90 minutes later, I was speeding across town, a nervous wreck. 2 hours later I was set up in a dark room at KQED public radio, San Francisco, looking into a darker control room with host Neal Conan, live from Washington DC speakng into my right ear.
I look this photo from my perch at the studio. I've no idea why its sideways. Probably because that's how I felt.
I'm told the interview went well. Listen and judge for yourself. As important, I followed a segment on political unrest in Algeria and another about a horrifying rape case in India. If nothing else, I was the after dinner mint to a very heavy meal.